Eighth Street bridge work expected to wrap up today

Work that began in May on the Eighth Street bridge in Franklin is expected to finally come to an end today.

“What we have on that bridge is the finished product,” PennDOT press officer Jill Harry said.

Harry said that while the bridge may look like it isn’t finished, it is really a type of skid-resistant concrete that will help drivers in the winter months with traction control.

With the original date of the project’s completion having come and gone, motorists will be happy to hear that, weather permitting, lines will be painted and the bridge will be as good as new by the end of today.

The work on the Eighth Street bridge came as a package with six other bridges throughout Venango County, including Franklin’s 13th Street bridge, that totaled $1,389,860.55 at the onset.

With one contractor for all seven bridges – Mekis Construction Corp., of Fenelton – hopping between bridges and battling wet weather, the Eighth Street bridge was sometimes abandoned for weeks at a time.

When Mekis was working, however, motorists were often left sitting in traffic for upwards of 15 minutes or more at peak traffic times.

Harry said there shouldn’t be many delays today as line painting moves relatively quickly.